What is Quantum information: Definition and 100 Discussions

Quantum information is the information of the state of a quantum system. It is the basic entity of study in quantum information theory, and can be manipulated using quantum information processing techniques. Quantum information refers to both the technical definition in terms of Von Neumann entropy and the general computational term.
It is an interdisciplinary field that involves quantum mechanics, computer science, information theory, philosophy and cryptography among other fields. Its study is also relevant to disciplines such as cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience. Its main focus is in extracting information from matter at the microscopic scale. Observation in science is one of the most important ways of acquiring information and measurement is required in order to quantify the observation, making this crucial to the scientific method. In quantum mechanics, due to the uncertainty principle, non-commuting observables cannot be precisely measured simultaneously, as an eigenstate in one basis is not an eigenstate in the other basis. As both variables are not simultaneously well defined, a quantum state can never contain definitive information about both variables.Information is something that is encoded in the state of a quantum system, it is physical. While quantum mechanics deals with examining properties of matter at the microscopic level, quantum information science focuses on extracting information from those properties, and quantum computation manipulates and processes information – performs logical operations – using quantum information processing techniques.Quantum information, like classical information, can be processed using digital computers, transmitted from one location to another, manipulated with algorithms, and analyzed with computer science and mathematics. Just like the basic unit of classical information is the bit, quantum information deals with qubits. Quantum information can be measured using Von Neumann entropy.
Recently, the field of quantum computing has become an active research area because of the possibility to disrupt modern computation, communication, and cryptography.

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    Homework Help: Quantum Information Theory 1

    I considered an operator ##X \in \mathcal{L}(\mathcal{X} \otimes \mathcal{K})##, that is positive, ##X \geq 0##. And I defined it as it follows: ##X = \sum_{i,j} a_{ij} ∣x_i \rangle \langle x_i ∣ \otimes ∣k_j \rangle \langle k_j∣ ## Where ##x_i## are basis for ##\mathcal{X}## and ##k_j## basis...
  2. Johny Boy

    A Fisher information from likelihood function for quantum circuits

    In the context of a single phase estimation problem of a quantum photonics experiment. For example consider a 3-photon quantum circuit (such as the Mach-Zehnder which depends on some phase shift operator which encodes a parameter ##\theta##) with a photon counting measurement (two detectors) at...
  3. T

    I Intersection of Condensed Matter Theory + High Energy Physics

    Hey all, I was just wondering where I could find a current review of the major problems that are being discussed at the intersection of condensed matter theory and high energy theory (+maybe quantum information)? Just looking for some inspiration on what the most "popular" problems being...
  4. B

    Relation between Mutual information and Expectation Values

    I've make progress in obtaining the values for the mutual information using the following: $I(\rho_A:\rho_B) = S(\rho_A) +S(\rho_B) - S(\rho_{AB}) = 1 + 1 - 0 = 2.$ I would like to compute the expectation but I'm facing a problem in the case of $\langle\psi |\mathcal{O}_A|\psi \rangle$ since...
  5. M

    I Is entanglement a consequence of the singularity of the early universe?

    Does it make sense to explain entanglement as a consequence of the ‘singularity' of the early universe? If proto matter/energy was in some mathematically definable ’small’ space, perhaps information was likewise compressed, and entanglement is a consequence of this early cosmological locality...
  6. E

    I On a constructive method of quantum state preparation (Ballentine)

    Ballentine, in his Chapter 8.1, appears to give the attached recipe for *in principle* preparing an (almost) arbitrary (pure) state (of a particle with no internal degrees of freedom) by the method of "waiting for decay to the energy ground state". My questions are fourfold: 1) From (8.1), we...
  7. cwill53

    Quantum Workforce Elements, Toolbox for QIS Programs at Universities

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  8. Llukis

    I Discover Beginner-Friendly Books on Quantum Information and Computation | Q&A

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  9. S

    More Nobel prizes in quantum information?

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  10. Arquimedes

    I What is the physical meaning of concurence (quantum information)?

    Hello, I am currently studying about entanglement on spin-1/2 chains and I was able to find some information about the mathematical point of view of concurrence but I can't understand the physical meaning of it . Can somebody help me, please?
  11. L

    Hi,I'm very happy to join this big family for Great Physics

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  12. S

    How Can Quantum Physics and Econophysics Shape Our Future?

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  13. steve1763

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    The K-L condition has projection operators onto the codespace for the error correction code, as I understand it. My confusion I think comes primarily from what exactly these projections are? As in, how would one find these projections for say, the Shor 9-qubit code?
  14. steve1763

    A Derivation of recovery channel for bit flip error

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  15. llha

    I [Quantum Computing] Quantum Parallelism State Calculation

    Hi, I'm going through Nielsen and Chuang's Quantum Computation and Quantum Information textbook and I don't really understand this part about quantum parallelism: Shouldn't the resulting state be (1/sqrt(2^4)) * (|0, f(0)> + |0, f(1)> + |1, f(1)> + |1, f(0)>), since the resulting state would...
  16. B

    What is the role of local realism in quantum mechanics?

    I studied at UBC, U of Leiden, in quantum statistical mechanics and kinetic theory. I worked in chemistry at McGill University for many years doing the theory of NMR which involves spin theory. In 1997 I gave up NMR and started to study the EPR paradox. I do not follow the party line because I...
  17. I

    How Can Lagrange Multipliers Determine Maximum Shannon Entropy?

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  18. D

    A Suggested reading for quantum information applications in QFT

    What would you say is essential reading for those of us who want to understand how exactly is QFT benefiting from QI? Can anyone give a summary of what is happening, and where to start reading? (at postgraduate/entry-research-level).
  19. Danny Boy

    A Quantum Ising model correlation function query

    In this paper, on quantum Ising model dynamics, they consider the Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H} = \sum_{j < k} J_{jk} \hat{\sigma}_{j}^{z}\hat{\sigma}_{k}^{z}$$ and the correlation function $$\mathcal{G} = \langle \mathcal{T}_C(\hat{\sigma}^{a_n}_{j_n}(t_n^*)\cdot\cdot\cdot...
  20. P

    A Translating/encoding a continuous variable model into a qubit model

    I've read these two pages that discuss going from qubit to continuous variable - https://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0008040 and https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.09832 . I'm curious if anyone knows some papers that discuss going the other way around? I.e. qubitizing a continuous variable model? Any insight...
  21. P

    A Question: Unambiguous discrimination between two non-orthogonal states

    Consider a VCSEL laser that emits photon pulses with Poisson distribution for the number of photons per pulse. The power of the VCSEL has been set low so the mean photon number "u" is u<1. Consider this photon pulses can take two non-orthogonal states of polarization (for example: state 0 with...
  22. K

    A Quantum Information research frontier

    I want to pursue research in Quantum Information Theory. I am surveying research topics before applying for PhD in Physics. Can somebody please enlighten me on the latest broad research problems being pursued in Quantum Information?
  23. E

    How Do Measurements Affect GHZ States?

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  24. E

    Projective measurements of quantum processor

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  25. E

    Qubit Operations: Finding U Gates & Probabilities

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  26. Johny Boy

    A Expectation Value of a Stabilizer

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  27. Johny Boy

    A Reduced Graph States: Characterizing Basis States

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  28. N

    A Conservation of Quantum Information

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  29. E

    A Applying General Lorentz Boost to Multipartite Quantum State

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  30. cromata

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  31. F

    A Random Quantum Walk: Learn & Use w/ Quantum Gates

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  32. I

    Programs Topics at the junction of AdS/CFT and quantum information

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  33. T

    A What is a 'Quantum Coherence'?

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  34. W

    Tensor Product of Hamiltonians

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  35. SolitaryMan

    Studying Fields related to Quantum Information

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  36. F

    A How to measure the first qubit in two qubit system? QC

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  37. seanthinks

    Programs Math Major interested in Quantum Information Science

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  38. C

    I How does the thickness of a beam splitter affect the phase shift produced?

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  39. R

    Programs Prospects of Pursuing Graduate Studies in Quantum Computing

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  40. D

    Finding the magnetization in nuclear magnetic resonance

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  41. Danny Boy

    A General quantum measurements

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  42. ExplosivePete

    Physics Is quantum information research well funded?

    I am applying to phd programs in physics right now. I am interested in doing research in quantum information science. I see there is a lot of interest and funding for quantum information science right now, but does anyone have any advice on whether or not this research will be well funded in the...
  43. DrHix

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  44. Q

    Physics Orienting myself toward quantum computing or a related field

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  45. L

    Other Quantum Information and General Relativity

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  46. C

    Schools Top Graduate Schools for Quantum Information and Computing

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  47. PeterDonis

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  48. A

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